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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 2018-05-13, 02:45 AM Thread Starter
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A question about the early history of YTV.

About a week and a half ago, I came across this video at YouTube, that shows YTV's operations being moved during a night in late-1990, from it's original home to where they settled for nearly 20 years, at Jefferson Ave. The video is below.

There's a small clue in here about where YTV began it's existence when someone said they were moving from 'the Lakeshore', but I don't know if that actually means somewhere on LakeShore Blvd.

My question is just where YTV's 1st broadcast home was?

Does anyone here know?
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 2018-05-13, 07:41 AM
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I'm pretty sure it was at Bathurst and Lakeshore - south-east corner. Loblaws had the north-east corner and Molson's was on the north west. Omni was in the building afterwards (still is, I think). It's a Rogers property
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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 2018-05-13, 12:12 PM
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That makes sense. At the 8 minute mark, someone holds up a book and refers to Lakeshore as if it was a street. It was Maks Maksimovic, who posted the video and isn't a native English speaker, that posted "This was 1988. YTV finishes programing on the Lakeshore and starts moving to Jefferson."

Wikikpedia has more info on the building, but doesn't mention YTV specifically among the many channels that came and went.

If you're interested in the history of YTV, here is the original CRTC approval in 1987, which lists Rogers as a 25% shareholder, so it would make sense for YTV to use their facilities to launch the network.

I agree with your YouTube comment that the move probably happened around November 14, 1990.
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 2019-01-25, 06:03 PM Thread Starter
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Apologies for the long bump here, but the place that YTV began their broadcast life was at 545 Lake Shore Boulevard West in Toronto.

And Dave, the Wikipedia entry there for that building that mentions YTV was added by me.
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Also Rogers version of G4 TechTV came from there for some time.
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 2019-05-29, 12:50 PM Thread Starter
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After going through the video with a fine tooth comb, and running it on slow motion in some spots, I've been able to finally determine when YTV moved the master control components for the East and West feeds of the network from Lake Shore West to Jefferson.

The move occurred in the early morning hours of Nov. 13, 1990, a Tuesday.

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